She want's my opinion; should I give it to her

@911Ricki (13588)
Canada
October 28, 2012 4:51pm CST
The girl I work with today asked my opinion, she got a rabbit from the local Humane Society about 2 months ago or so. Now she think's it's too much work, and want's to give it back to the Humane Society because she has to feed it certain times, too much money, and hassle all together. She complained about how much work it is for one rabbit, and how it interfers with her life. I was raised once you take an animal you keep for life. A rabbit can life between usually 10 - 14 years (maybe less, maybe more). So when I got Marco I knew this, and know I will be supporting this rabbit for however long, same with the cat's and guinea pigs they have about the same life span as well (some of my parents cat's lived until tehy were 20 years old). I kept trying to avoid it, because I simple would never do this. All my animals have had a hard life, and I wouldn't just take them back. When we left she was more in a dilema over it, and I told her I simple can't help her really. I have 6 animals, and I find time for each of them while working several jobs. I would never cross my mind to bring one of my animals back. I mean even after Marco chewed almost every wire possible. But also everyone I know and socialize with know I have animals, and need to feed them certain times, or have playtime (more Marco). If I go away I make sure someone is available to take care of them (whether I pay for them or not), and I wouldn't go away if I couldnt find someone. I mean back in the summer I went away for 2 days, and my Dad had 4 pages of instructions, and everything linedup, a reminder call every meal. This girl went away asking her boyfriend to feed her rabbit, she was away 2 days, and the poor rabbit didn't eat because he didnt have time. I told her if that was me I would be fuming.
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@GreenMoo (11834)
28 Oct 12
If she asks for you opinion, give it to her. She sounds like a silly child who needs to learn some responsibility. I mean, how much time and effort does it take to look after a rabbit? The poor rabbit would probably be far better off going back to where it came from where there's a chance that someone else will give it a home where it will be cared for properly.
@911Ricki (13588)
• Canada
28 Oct 12
Rabbits are a lot of work to take care of them, and money. Many arnt aware of this, but a prewarned her before she got the rabbit. You have to feed them certain food, at certain times (not specific just a routine), and they need playtiime. I mean I feed my rabbit pellets in the morning whenever I get up (some days it's early sometimes later), veggies at supper time, and hay in their cage (so not hard but some think it is). I usually let my rabbit out when I get home from work at night then when I sleep then he goes in the cage when I'm at work. I don't think it's hard work, and when I got grocery shopping I buy his veggies, and put so much in my budget for him and his needs.
@GreenMoo (11834)
29 Oct 12
I'm probably the last person you need to tell about how much work they are. At the moment I have twelve! But you could tell your colleague that she is lucky she didn't take on a goat instead lol
• United States
29 Oct 12
This girl should not ever get an animal in the first place. This is just so sad.
@911Ricki (13588)
• Canada
2 Nov 12
I agree, she is very immature for her age. She was super excited about it, and suddenly she realized it's too much work to feed it, care for it, and takes up her life. She was more concerned about when she went away for a week holidays, I told her I petsit for a small fee a day and she wasnt willing to do that.
@dfollin (24168)
• United States
28 Oct 12
Hi Ricki,I know someone that has a cat and as we know they do not take as much care as a dog but they still need attention.My friend works full time and leaves for work forgetting to check the cats water and food.Then after work he usually goes out.And sometimes stays out all night.
@911Ricki (13588)
• Canada
28 Oct 12
That is one irresponsible pet owners and I could never do that. I give mine breakfast and make sure they all have water before even getting ready to leave the house. I work a lot and try to give them most nights even a few hours.
@SomeCowgirl (32191)
• United States
29 Oct 12
I say that if she can't take care of it, she needs to find a better home for it and learn her lesson here. Her keeping the animal, I honestly don't think is a good idea. After all she let her boyfriend take care of it, and he didn't feed the poor thing. While taking it back should be her last resort, it should be one she considers if she can't find anyone to take it off her hands. I would just say that animals of any kind are hard work, you can't simply let a cat alone either, they all crave, need, and deserve attention not just food, water and shelter.
@dorannmwin (36392)
• United States
31 Oct 12
I tend to think that when a person asks for our opinion, then they are genuinely interested in what we have to say and that is the reason that they have asked us. For that reason, I don't think that there is any kind of harm at all with giving her your opinion. Me, I am from the same school of thought as you are when it comes to my animals. I do have six pets as well and there have been times that I've gotten aggrevated with them, but I would never consider taking them to the humane society.
@mariaperalta (19073)
• Mexico
28 Oct 12
Id say, if she asks for it give it to her. Why deosnt she just look for someone to take the rabbit?
@911Ricki (13588)
• Canada
28 Oct 12
When you adopt from the Humane Society you sign a waiver saying you will bring it back if you don't want them anymore.
• United States
28 Oct 12
I don't think you are the right person to ask this question to. the reason why I say this is because I have read a lot about your animals and I have a cat of my own. I care for and love. but,I treat my cat like an animal. you treat your animals like they are human. which is not the right way to treat animals. they were not created to be treated like a membr of the family. I read all about your gifts for christmas like your talking about a child. what cat knows it is christmas. what rabbit knows about a heating pad. I don't think you should give her anything on the lines of advice. . at least she left someone in charge of feeding the rabbit. if the rabbit did not eat it was not her fault at all.